Province officials have announced on Wednesday that recreational cannabis will be sold exclusively at the NB Liquor stores to adults when the drug becomes legal in July.
The New Brunswick government said that they plan on setting up and running 20 operations in 15 different communities by the time recreational cannabis laws go into effect.
“Our priorities are clear and we believe that today’s announcement is the best model to help us meet our objectives,” said finance Minister Cathy Rogers.
She also pointed out that it is very important that the people of NB have access to safe and tested cannabis products, which they will be able to consume in a socially responsible environment.
Rogers said that the idea for this government-regulated model came from the US:
“Advice we have heard from other jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis, like Colorado and Washington, is to start with tight government oversight, which is what we are doing.”
The minister of finance also said that she thinks NB Liquor’s experience in retail will significantly help with the transition to a new market.
The CEO of NB Liquor, Brian Harriman, said that their main goal will be “promoting social responsibility and responsible consumption” among other things.
New Brunswick pot plan
The age limit has not yet been determined, but judging by other provinces, it’s very likely to be 19 years of age.
Cannabis stores will not be opened within 300 meters of a school, and there will be 20 of them for the time.
Depending on the market capacity and demand for marijuana the government might open more NB Liquor run pot-stores. NB officials said they also plan on introducing online sales.
When asked about the pricing and sales of recreational cannabis, Minister Rogers didn’t have any significant news:
We have to be competitive so we will roll this out when we have these details…
New Brunswick has signed agreements with only two cannabis producers so far, Organigram and Canopy Growth, to be suppliers for the province’s recreational market.